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Epistemology Virtue




Virtueepistemology isacollective approach that analyzes epistemology. For this analysis,it is unified by twofirstcommitments. The firstdutyentangleson the fact that it is a normative discipline. Secondly, is theelement that the mainsources of the episemicvalue are mainly the intelligentagents and the communities as well? According to the firstcommitment,it is evident that it opposes to the belief by philosophers about thequestioningof what istermedas reasonable. Onthe contrary,the responsibilityadvocates questions only on cognitive psychology.

Secondly,the commitment explains that philosophers should put more focus onthe efforts of comprehending the epistemic norms and the values. Forsome other epistemologists,the meaning of virtue epistemology has more meaning than this(University, 2011).Forinstance,some philosophers like Aristotle believe that some of the terms usedin epistemology like justification, knowledge, duty and virtue theirmeaning can never be conceptualized in non- normative vocabulary.However, philosophers like Goldman, Sosa and other disagree withthis analogy. They believe that epistemology should advocate for thegoodmentalbeing.

Thepractitioners of the epistemology they gain more support andinspiration from known philosophers Plato, Aristotle, Reid andRussell. According to Jonathan Kvanvig, he argues that virtueepistemology gives an elaborative version of early reliability.Additionally, he complements the practitioners and says that whenspeakingof safety,they create ageneralcharacter of reliable cognitive. In this analysis,he makes reference to some epistemologists for example DavidArmstrong, Alvin Goldman &amp Robert Nozick. Since the year 1992,Alvin Goldman has thus embraced the VE label.

Thevirtue epistemology can take the conventional or the alternativedimension. On traditionalvirtue epistemology,the practitioners make attempts to solve puzzles and give solutionsto problems like the Getter and the lottery problem. Their argumentsare based on the confrontation of skepticism and offering analyses ofjustification and knowledge. However,other epistemologists use non-standardmethods and are more focused on games rather than experience.Examples of traditionalvirtue epistemologists include Ernest Sosa. In his attempts to createa definition ofknowledge, he maintains an intellectual virtue as a true belief.Linda Zagzebski’s is another example of traditionalvirtue epistemologists.

Thealternative epistemologists include Roberts and Woods Jay. Their viewre-embeddedinthatconventional methodand the questions theyincorporateon eviscerated virtue epistemology(Socrates, 2013).The formulation of Aristotle ideas on epistemology wasmainly onstudying nature. Aristotle on the virtue of understanding conceptsbelieves that human beings were born with a blank memory and state.In his study of nature,he focused on the collection of the flora and the faunas andcategorizing them based on their characteristics.

Mostimportantly, in epistemology one understands the purpose ofsomething. For example knowingthe final cause intendedfor human beings. According to Aristotle,the term means acquiring a life of wisdom which is diligently guidedby knowledge. Plato and Aristotle,however,had afirstdisagreement on education.The difference,however, built a foundation of epistemologists(Socrates, 2013).It views our senses as irrational,and that decision making should instead heavily rely on logic.


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University,S. (20111). Virtue Epistemology. StanfordUniversity Encyclopedia of Philosophy,2-38.